Chapter 8 : Je t'aime
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“What?” I said, looking up from my Charms book.
“I love you.” James repeated.
“I…I love you too.” I stuttered.
James just smiled at me and went back to working on his Charms essay. I stared at him. He just told me he loved me for the first time. Holy shit.
I sat in the back of the Potter’s SUV. Nobody said anything. I watched the buildings pass as we drove by. I was left in my thoughts. Ginny made the decision not to floo back to the house to give us some time alone before we had to see the Weasleys back home. I thought about the funeral. This was the most contact James and I have had ever since the accident. We held each other’s hand for comfort and held each other when we needed to. We didn’t exchange words; our silence presence was enough. I was hoping today would be a step in the right direction for repairing our relationship but I wasn’t holding to tightly on that idea. James just watched his brother get buried. His emotions are probably all out of whack and all over the place right now. I glanced over at James. He just stared blankly out his window. I wanted to scoot over and snuggle up to him, but I kept myself glued down to my spot.
Harry pulled the car into the driveway. I could see James’s Nana Molly peeking out the window, watching for us. I opened my door and climbed out of the back seat. Lily made her way out from the very back. I looked down at the ground as we walked inside, bracing myself for the full impact of the Weasleys.
When we stepped inside, Dom was the first to greet me. She left her sister and sister’s fiancée and come over to pull me right into a tight hug.
“How are you feeling sweetie?” She asked.
She sounded like such a mum. Dom was going to be amazing when she has kids.
“I’m doing as good as I can for the situation.” I answered, glancing over at James.
He stood next to the doorway, conversing with his Uncle Charlie. He gazed up at me. Quickly, I broke our eye contact. I reminded myself that what happened today was because of emotional tension being high.
“Good.” Dom said. “I know today was hard.”
“Yeah.” I muttered, glancing over at James again. “It was.”
I watched as he excused himself from his Uncle and made his way over to us. I quickly glanced back down at the floor.
“Dom.” James said, giving his cousin a hug. “Belle, can I speak to you?”
My head snapped up to look at my boyfriend. Did I hear him correctly?
James nodded and then turned on his heel. I followed him as he walked out of the living room and up the stairs. He opened his bedroom door and gestured for me to enter. Slowly, I made my way over to his bed. It has been a while since I was last in here.
“Sit.” He commanded.
Awkwardly, I took a seat on the corner of his bed.
“James.” I blurted out.
“No.” He interrupted. “I’m going to speak.”
All right then.
“First, I want to apologize for how I’ve been treating you the past couple of days. It was wrong of me.” James said. “Secondly, I’m not mad at you Belle.”
My heart felt like it was doing backflips in my chest. He said he wasn’t mad at me.
“I’m hurt. Al was my best friend. But today, when I gave my little speech, I realized something. I lost Al and how I was acting to losing Al was causing me to lose you too.”
No James, you could never lose me.
“I wish that both of you would’ve survived that accident.” James continued. “Better yet, I wish neither of you got into that car. The point is Belle, I still love you. I just need some time.”
“I know.” I said to him softly. “We’ll work past this. I believe our relationship is strong enough to make it through this. Je t'aime.”
“I hope so.” James said.
I flooed into the Potters’ living room, my bags coming in behind me. I hated flooing. It was a horrid way of transportation and I have yet to manage to come out of a fireplace as gracefully as some.
“James is going to be so mad that he wasn’t here.”
“Al.” I said with a smile as I brushed soot off my clothing. “Where is James?”
“Mum made him run an errand for her because he wouldn’t shut up about you arriving today.” Al smirked.
“I’m sure he’ll be thrilled to know that you shared that information with me.” I replied.
I could feel the blood just rushing to my cheeks. I probably was now the same shade of a cherry red tomato. Al just laughed at me.
“You two are just so easy to embarrass.” He said proudly. “You two should’ve started dating earlier so I could have someone to torment.”
“I’m going to head back downstairs.” I whispered.
I pushed myself off the bed and made my way over to the door.
“Belle, wait.” James called out.
I turned back around to look at him. He got up off his bed and walked over to me. He took both my wrist and pinned me between him and the door.
“I just need some time.” He whispered, his face some mere inches away from mine.
He tilted his head down a little and crashed his lips into mine. His kiss was rough and hungry, not sweet and gentle like they used to be. I didn’t reject it though. I missed his attention, his touch, his love, him in general. I would take what I could get.
It was nearing winter break. The days were short and cold. I laid snuggled up to James in his dorm bed, his body close to mine. His touch made my skin feel like it was on fire. His arm was draped over my waist, holding me close to him. His kisses trailed down my neck to my shoulder and eventually back to my mouth. They were deep, sweet, loving kisses. Slowly, but surely, we tangled ourselves up to where I was laying on my back and James was holding himself over top of me.
“Belle.” James moaned.
His voice was light, husky, very seductive and attractive.
“Babe.” I whispered, pulling his face towards mine for a kiss.
He went along with it for a few seconds before pulling back away. I frowned.
“Are you sure you want to do this?”
“Yes, I love you James.” I answered.
“I love you too, my beautiful Belle.”
He brought himself back to me, sweeping me away with a deep and passionate kiss.
“I just need some time.” James said once he broke away.
I was still in shock from what just happened.
“Okay.” I whispered.
Author’s Note- Alright, so not going to lie, this was a bit of a filler chapter. I just need to get the ball rolling for James and Belle to go back to Hogwarts. So I apologize for the shortness of the chapter and the lack of Al. I did want to clear some of the air between James and Belle but...we’ll see what drama will happen at school
je t'aime – I love you
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